Midlands training center owners had a hand in preparing Kentucky Derby winner

Published: May. 7, 2019 at 5:52 PM EDT
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ST. MATTHEWS, SC (WIS) - Although the Kentucky Derby ended in controversy, Travis and Ashley Durr were extremely happy with the final result.

The Durrs had a particularly high interest in “Country House,” the eventual winner of the popular race at Churchill Downs, because they helped raise the thoroughbred. The Durrs own the Webb Carroll Training Center, a 60-acre training facility, where their staff trains young horses to become prize-winning horses like the newly crowned Kentucky Derby champion.

The center, which boards close to 200 horses, has even had the daughter of Triple Crown winner “American Pharaoh” under their care.

According to Travis, “Country House” was trained at the Carroll Training Center last January through July before moving on. The Durrs traveled to Churchill Downs this past weekend to watch “Country House” and ultimately were pleased with the horse finishing second.

“We’ve been in the Derby the past couple of years, mid-pack and they’ve run well, but not that close,” Travis said.

When it was all said and done, Travis said he was shocked that “Maximum Security” was disqualified from the race. While it was nice for Travis and Ashley to see “Country House” run well, they said you can never be sure initially how a horse will run.

“I wouldn’t say I knew he was going to win the Derby,” Travis said, “but he did get better the more we did with him. And he showed some of the signs that he would be a nice horse. But you don’t know until you get him a little further down the road.”

The owners of “Maximum Security” are currently appealing the decision. Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, “Maximum Security” will not run in the Preakness, which is the second leg of the Triple Crown. However, Travis said “Country House” should run that race as long as there are no signs of injury or fatigue.

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